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Members of the Palestinian security forces take part in a training session in the West Bank city of Jericho. (Reuters)
This is such a boss pic.
If I had a posse- we would look like this.
"I was worried I wouldn’t get to do anything with Blake," she says. "The scene is not just Prentiss and Blake; it’s Paget and Jeanne. I know that sometimes when you shake up a cast, people take a long time to accept the new person. When I joined, a lot of people hated me, hated my character. I know that had happened to Jeanne a little bit. Paget and Jeanne like each other, so I really wanted there to be a scene with them to show that there’s no, ‘You took my spot.’ One of the best things about Criminal Minds is that the women support women and it really is like a family. You don’t always get that.”
Tracy Lewis, firefighter.
"Of the roughly 11,500 firefighters in New York City, only 31 are women. My first year, I ran up 13 flights of stairs wondering how I’d get to the top. But I made sure I stayed right behind the officer, while the other guys straggled behind. Now, six years later, I’m the only woman in my firehouse, along with 11 men. My team carries the hoses: When a 50-foot-long hose is filled with water, it can be extremely heavy.
Fifty percent of my job is muscular strength; the rest is cardiovascular endurance and technique. Firefighting is about practice and training. I knew a guy from the military who thought he would ace the physical test just because he had huge muscles-and he had to retake it twice! The first thing female recruits say is that they’re not strong enough to be firefighters. But how do they know? We train for three months, working as hard as our male counterparts. If the men do 30 push-ups, we do them, too. My position wasn’t handed to me; I worked for it. When I look at my body, I see years of training.”
The only way to respond when someone asks you “why do you write strong female characters.”
The last one.